TO TAK: ART AS PLAY AND PLAY AS ART Toys have always been inseparable from their time. Oscillating between the romantic object of child’s desire and always more expressed rational concept of an object defined by its educational, developmental or therapeutic purpose, modern toy is much more than the symptom which remains at margins of its time.
This is in the best way illustrated by the saying „good design“ which surpasses ideological frames and the dictatorship of consumption turning the toy into a universal value which is also half a century later equally understandable and accurate. To such kind of toys belongs also TO TAK toy by the author Ante Jaki? from1965, aimed at serial production, which by its inventiveness can be compared to the top productions of Scandinavian and Italian design of the time.
We are dealing here with 14 elements of turned wood of various size and shape, which can be put together actually in an unlimited number of combinations. By simple mutual insertion of small rods, annular and cone shaped parts, various animal shapes are created.
PORCELAIN DOLL Even in the oldest graves of ancient civilizations toys were found, especially dolls. They had various functions from which we today most clearly recognise two: a wish of adults to be left in peace and a way to accommodate children to the roles and obligations in life.
There is a classic division on “male” and “female” toys – those for boys who had to learn how to fight in wars and those for girls who had to know all domestic work and skills. Sometimes the adults would seize for toys, i.e. dolls for other, them understandable purposes. The dolls were also the mannequins of past centuries who travelled through courts, wearing models of luxurious clothing which then rich noble women would choose and order.
Or, they used to – in relaxed art-déco positions and clothing – decorate the boudoirs and were therefore called „boudoir dolls“. Golden age of dolls is still the late 19th and the early 20th century. Numerous factories in Europe were producing their porcelain heads and their wooden, leather or composite bodies … in millions.
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